Logan Herring & Melody Phillips
Dec 11, 2020
The Warehouse | REACH Riverside | Kingswood Community Center
Patrick Callahan
Dec 18, 2020
Rev. Jennifer Kerby and Mr. Haneef Salaam
Jan 15, 2021
Methodist Action Program and Wilmington HOPE Commission
Duane Hills
Jan 22, 2021
Coordinating High Profile Funerals in the Nation’s Capital
Arreon Harley-Emerson
Jan 29, 2021
The Choir School of Delaware
DG Stephen Capelli
Feb 05, 2021
Rotary District Governor
Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
Past President
Foundation Chair
Club Information

Welcome to the Caesar Rodney Rotary Club!

Caesar Rodney

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:30 AM
University and Whist Club
805 N Broom Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
United States
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Caesar Rodney Rotary Club would like to introduce our newest member, Amy Solano. Welcome, Amy. Amy is pictured with sponsor, Kay Keenan and Membership Chair Mark Mossman.

If anyone finds themselves in the northern Chicagoland area, it is worth a short road trip to Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.    I visited the offices in May and discovered some great information in the lobby.   They have displays on Rotary history, accomplishments and ongoing worldwide projects.  The lobby displays are open on the weekends even when the office building is closed.  And, Evanston (home of Northwestern University) is a terrific town filled with shops and restaurants.



Caesar Rodney Rotary Club joined Area 10 Clubs in a consolidated project for Stop Hunger Now. Through a matching Rotary District 7630 Grant, Area 10 Clubs began their project with an educational breakfast hosted by the Brandywine Hundred Club. Pictured: John Mager, Brandywine Naaman’s Club, LaToya Gillyard, speaker, Meghan Lester, Caesar Rodney Club, Dave Kubaki, Wilmington West, and Jim McBride, Brandywine Hundred.
Camp Fairlee Trading Post Fitout & Ramp Build. This year Caesar Rodney Rotary and friends completed an interior fit out of a "trading post" generously donated by Rotary District 7630. Thanks to the talented crew for spending a beautiful spring Saturday donating their time and expertise to a great project. Special thanks to Heritage Concrete. In addition to our humble project leader John Gooden, volunteers are: Brian Martinenza, Don Donald FultonEric Koelsch, Meghan Lester, Bob MacIntosh, Tom Thomas DilleyPamela Kinley, Rob Fischer, Rich KolodgieTed DwyerDonna Turi, Bob Maffia, Tony Tina Ferguson Vassalotti, Tony and Jacob, Ted Hartingand Vicki, John Mimics and Mike Janis.
Caesar Rodney Rotarians displayed exceptional athletic abilities at the Easter Seals volleyball tournament! Well done team!! Thanks for supporting your Club and the mission of Easter Seals.
Mulch Madness 2016 at the Can-Do Playground in Area 10 - Wilmington, DE. Rotarians & Interactors hard at work!
A fantastic evening with friends and family at the BBC Tavern & Grill. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped us support our project at Easter Seals Camp Fairlee. Thanks to your generous support, Caesar Rodney Rotary will be able to complete our ambitious project at Camp Fairlee Manor. This year, we will be completing the fit-out of a trading post, including lighting, shelving, storage units, decking and ADA compliant ramp. We are very grateful for your support at the guest bartender event as well as through our crowdfunding site.
Caesar Rodney Rotarians joined the massive community of volunteers on the Stockings for Soldiers project. On November 30, Bob Elder led a team of eager Rotarians into the assembly line. The effort helped Judy Travis and volunteers fill more than 10,000 stockings for US Soldiers serving during the Holidays.

An Story of Epic Proportions
Caesar Rodney Rotary Films Presents
A Tony Vassalotti Production
Basket Brigade 11.22.2015
Starring Bob Maffia, Ted Harting, John Gooden and Rick Harra
M Davis & ABC Cares
Sanford School & Padua Academy
Catholic Charities of Wilmington
Supporting cast an army of Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Rotarians, Family and Friends.

Their Mission: Collect, organize, purchase, package and distribute 125 Thanksgiving Baskets to local families.

The 2015 Easter Seals Camp Fairlee work was in support of the Eagle Scout Project for Jacob Vassalotti. Jacob's project involved design and construction of an accessible bridge. The bridge would allow campers to cross an intermittent stream channel leading to a remote campsite. The effort also involved trail clearing to provide access to the bridge and campsite. Some 25 Rotarians, Boy Scouts, family and friends all lent a hand to complete the project. 
Thanks to all the November 22 and 23 that ensured at least 100 deserving and truly needy families will enjoy a great meal this Thanksgiving. Also thank you to all the companies, schools and individuals that provided the donations. Check out our 2014 Food Drive photo album to see everyone in action.
​Caesar Rodney Rotarians, friends, family, colleagues, tavern patrons, innocent bystanders and complete strangers gathered on September 17 at BBC Tavern in Greenville, DE to raise funds, collect suits and raise awareness for Suiting Warriors. Through the incredible generosity of this community, nearly $10,000 was raised and over 100 suits and garments were received. Special thanks to the guest bartenders and local dignitaries for putting their best pint forward. 

The Caesar Rodney Rotary Club completed construction of a 675 sq ft timber framed shade porch at the Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor near Chestertown, MD. The project was completed by a generous grant from Rotary District 7630 as well as considerable donations from local businesses: MDavis, Inc., Spacecon, LLC, MacIntosh Engineering, GTA Associates, Heritage Concrete, East Coast Erectors, and Shone Lumber. Under the project leadership of John Gooden of MDavis, Inc. and President-Elect of Caesar Rodney Rotary, Club Members volunteered well over 500 hours to the project.

The shade porch provides a pool-side respite location from the sun for the camper, a controlled viewing area for the caregiver and a break from sudden inclement weather for all. It also allows for additional recreational activities to be introduced pool side. Overall, it enhances the campers experience and provides an additional resource for caregivers to reach their mission.

Caesar Rodney Rotarians and friends completed another CAI / Easter Seals Volleyball Challange.  Our participation helped us raise over $347,000 for Easter Seals services!  Helping to create solutions for independence for people of all ages and all abilities.  Thanks to those participants and donors and special thanks to Team Captain Dave Heaney!
Engineers Without Borders student members and faculty advisor Dr. Dentel presented on the organization's projects in Cameroon and Guatemala to U.S. Senator Chris Coons and the Caesar Rodney Rotary Club. The Caesar Rodney Rotary Club President, Mike Janis and Project Chair, John Gooden, presented EWB-UD with a donation of $6,000 to aid efforts on future projects. Senator Coons spoke at the event about the importance of development projects and is the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs.  The funds were raised by the Caesar Rodney Rotary Club and friends during a "Rain Barrel" auction.  Special thanks go to Project Chair Meghan Lester, the many artists who donated their extraordinary talents and those lucky winners at the auction.

Meghan Lester proposed a novel fundraising project to the CRRC Board several months ago involving the purchase of low-cost plastic rain barrels, getting local businesses to underwrite the $250 cost for paint and other supplies, and then creating a contest among local high school artists to decorate the rain barrels. The barrels would be auctioned to the highest bidder in the spring of 2013 at an event hosted by the club hopefully on the waterfront generating funds for the charitable work of the club.

A proposed letter, reproduced below, would be sent to local businesses soliciting their support for this project along with an application. Should you know of any businesses who may be interested in helping with this project, please provide the business name and contact information to Meghan such that this information can be submitted to them.

The letter and application can be downloaded from the file download site (page down to the bottom of the screen, it is on the right-hand side.

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Congratulations to Caesar Rodney Rotary President John Gooden for receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award from United Way of Kent County. John spearheaded building projects at Easter Seals Camp Fairlee for the past several years through planning and directing fellow Caesar Rodney Rotarians. Last year, John and his crew built a shade structure for the pool area requiring at least five weekend trips to complete. Past year's projects include building of a fishing pier and whale watch. Pictured along with John are Barbara Snyder, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations and Sallie Price, Director of Recreation & Respite Services, both from Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore. Congratulations John!
On January 30, 2015, Caesar Rodney Rotary Club welcomed Peggy Dolan to speak on the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund. The Board was so moved by Peggy's story and the Fund's mission, they decided to become a supporter. The attached note describes some of the incredibly good things they are doing for families.
Well done Caesar Rodney Rotarians for donating and participating in the 2014 Stockings for Soldiers campaign. Please see the attached thank you letter from Program Leader Judy Travis.
At the 2014 Rotary District 7630 Annual Conference, District Governor Dan Houghtaling recognized the Caesar Rodney Rotary Club with a 2013-14 Rotary Internal Presidential Citation.  The award was accepted on behalf of the Club by PDG Keith Smith.

The Caesar Rodney Rotary Club of Wilmington Delaware ("CRRC") and the Wilmington Junior Chamber of Commerce ("Jaycess") , also of Wilmington Delaware, have formed a working relationship which will be a benefit to both service clubs and the community as well.